Program Announced for the 2014 Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film and Webisode Festival

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Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film and Webisode Festival rolls out the red carpet, August 14th-16th, 2014

Independent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival today announced their lineup of features, shorts, webisodes and seminars, taking place August 14-16 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA (Chaplin Building). The opening night red carpet party will take place at Beverly Hills hotspot 424 Beverly Hills (424 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210) on August 14 from 8-11pm and will welcome participating filmmakers, screenwriters and film industry. Awards will be handed out to a selection of filmmakers and actors for the contribution to indie films. Actress Bai Ling (The Crow) is confirmed to attend opening night.

Now in its fourth year, the festival’s mission is to showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, and entertaining webisodes. Festival director Shawn Lukaszewicz commented, “We are really looking forward to welcoming the brightest filmmakers and screenwriters along with respected industry professionals and film enthusiasts to our event.” Lukaszewicz continued, “Our objective is to program quality content, give filmmakers a platform to showcase their work, win awards, and attendees get an opportunity to watch great indie films.”

A sampling from the line-up can be previewed below:

White Dwarf - Closing Night Film: 95min. Comedy Drama. USA.
A blend of story, documentary, of cinema and verite that examines the culture of Hollywood when shooting stars eventually lose their luster. The film chronicles a day (and night) in the life of Gregory, a couch-surfing aspiring actor, his group of 'industry' friends and the false lives they lead. Directed by Ryan Fox.
Cast: Anil Raman, Brock Kelly (Pitch Perfect), Carlos Miranda (The Bling Ring), Jessie Andrews, Lance Bass (NSYNC) and Ryan Rottman (90210).
Guests Confirmed at the screening: Lance Bass, Anil Raman, Gregory Thomas, Brock Kelly, Ryan Rottman, Julie Mond, Alexis Atkins, Heather Ankeny, Carlos Miranda and Kirsty Mitchell.
**Screening on Saturday, August 16 at 8:30pm (Chaplin)

The Algerian: 99min. Thriller/Action. Algeria/USA. An international political thriller about the colliding worlds of the Middle East and America. It follows Ali (Ben Youcef), a Muslim sleeper cell from Algeria who is part of a plot to harm America. Hiding in Los Angeles as a university student, his life spins out of control as he becomes involved with the very people he was sent to destroy. The film races across the globe from Algeria to New York, to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, culminating in a surprise ending that will have audiences buzzing. Directed by Giovanni Zelko.
Cast: Ben Youcef, Candice Coke, Giovanni Zelko, Harry Lennix (The Blacklist), Josh Pense (The Social Network, Fun Size), Tara Holt (Californication), Seymour Cassel, Sharon Ferguson, Said Faraj and Zuhair Haddad.
**Screening on Friday, August 15 at 8:10pm (Chaplin)

Look in the Mirror: 90min. Comedy. USA. A distracted middle-aged lawyer unwittingly becomes involved in a series of murders after he goes on a 'business trip' with a pretty, gold-digging paralegal from his firm. Directed by Jason Freedman.
Cast: Kevin Ashworth, Rebecca Rainbodlt and Allyn Rachel (Million Dollar Arm, Weeds).
**Screening on Saturday, August 16 at 4:10pm (Chaplin)

Stories Forlorn: 125min. Crime Drama/Coming of Age. Hong Kong. Based on a true story, Stories Forlorn centers around a sixteen year old aspiring writer, who is struggling to find answers to his brother's questionable suicide. He is lured into the underground world of Hong Kong, as the Chinese march their way over the border during the last summer under British rule, 1997. Directed by Uri L. Schwarz and Jason A. Sankey.
Cast: Jason Tobin (Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and Furious 5), Kirt Kishita (3D Sex and Zen, The Borderland) Masson Ge (Blood Money), Oliver Williams (Four Assassins), Glen Chin (Natural Born Killers, 50 First Dates, Rumble in the Bronx), Zac Dawson and Jason Bradley.
**Screening on Friday, August 15 at 8pm (Pickford)

Speed Dragon: 92min. Drama/Music. USA. The life of a world famous rock star. The life, the girls and the drugs. Directed by Dan Frank.
Cast: Bai Ling (The Crow), DJ Parker, Ron Jeremy (The Boondock Saints), Burgandi Phoenix, Carlos Ramirez, Mark Blaney, Brittany Andrews, Renzo Lewis, Jamie Noel (The Hangover: Part II), Madonna Wayne Gacy and Bill Zucker.
**Screening on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm (Pickford)

Milwood: 90min. Thriller. USA. After a fatal accident occurs, Nathan Perry is assigned to the Milwood facility for young adults. During his time at Milwood, Nathan becomes a victim of unforeseen terror and unusual behavior. Directed by Evan Goldman and Jimmy Scanlon.
Cast: Christian Goodwin, Don Tempesta, Michelle Romano, Tiffany Shepis, Trudi Goodman and Vinny Vella (Sopranos, Casino).
**Screening on Saturday, August 16 at 4:15pm (Pickford)

Stuart Alson, CEO of leading indie film distribution company, ITN Distribution Inc. will host an informative seminar to educate filmmakers on the fundamentals of foreign and domestic distribution. The session, which will include a Q and A, will take place at the Fairbanks Theatre (Raleigh Studios) on Saturday, August 16 from 2-4pm.

This year’s screenplay semi-finalists are Cause written by David J. Schroeder; The Abyss of Pain written by David Sabbath; The Night Witches written by Steven Prowse; Ring Bearers written by P.W. Gaven; Troublesome Creek written by Wesley Mullins and Grace written by Jeffrey Allen Russel and Lynda Lemberg.

TICKETS & BOX OFFICE INFORMATION: Tickets are $12 in advance on Guests can go to and type in the film’s title in the ‘search’ box or type in ‘IFQ.’ Or, guests can purchase tickets for $15 at the door. All screenings are all ages and open to the general public with tickets. For a complete festival schedule, please visit

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Press requests and industry accreditation will be handled by Briege McGarrity via email at bmcgarritypr(at) .

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